How and why the Sen­tinel pub­lishes en­dorse­ments

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them­selves to pub­lish those po­si­tions. We check our archives for sto­ries about can­di­dates, and some­times we’ll talk with peo­ple who are fa­mil­iar with them.

After com­pil­ing what we can, the board meets by video con­fer­ence to reach a con­sen­sus. (The ed­i­to­rial board con­sists of Jen­nifer A. Mar­cial Oca­sio, Jay Red­dick, David Whit­ley, Edi­tor-in-Chief Julie An­der­son and me. Colum­nist Scott Maxwell par­tic­i­pates in our in­ter­views and in our de­lib­er­a­tions.)

One im­por­tant note: We do make choices based on who we think has the best chance of win­ning. We’re not play­ing the odds. Some­times we’ll en­dorse a long shot can­di­date be­cause that’s the per­son we think is best suited for the job.

While the board tries to be thor­ough, our rec­om­men­da­tions should be viewed as just a piece of the puz­zle for vot­ers to use in mak­ing their own de­ci­sions. We en­cour­age our read­ers to do their own home­work — which can in­clude watch­ing our in­ter­view videos — so they can make the most in­formed choice pos­si­ble.

You can ex­pect to see our en­dorse­ments in nearly 50 con­gres­sional, ju­di­cial and lo­cal races — ev­ery­thing from judges to sher­iffs to county com­mis­sion­ers — all of which will be cu­rated at Or­lan­doSen­­dorse­ments.

We hope you find the en­dorse­ments use­ful, and we also hope you’ll be sure to reg­is­ter and to vote in the Aug. 18 pri­mary and the Nov. 3 gen­eral elec­tion.

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